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Auckland, 16 February 2016 – The number of people using contactless payments has jumped over 20% compared to just a year ago, according to MasterCard research.

The MasterCard survey of over 1000 New Zealanders found 85% of Kiwis have increased their use of contactless payments over the past year.

Two thirds of New Zealanders are regularly using the technology citing that it is convenient and it saves time.

Uptake of contactless technology has accelerated as people are using the technology to make small everyday purchases. 40% of those surveyed say they use it in the supermarket, 24% in retail shops and 43% saying they use it whenever they can or frequently. The number of frequent users is up a third on last years’ survey.

“New Zealand has been one of the fastest countries to adopt contactless technology– for the simple reason that it is easy, safe and fast. Customers can simply tap their card on a contactless terminal and go. The card remains in the customer’s hands at all times which improves speed and security of the transaction,” says Peter Chisnall, Country Manager for MasterCard New Zealand.

Over a third of respondents say they get frustrated when retailers do not have contactless technology available. 39% said they would be most likely to use it at contactless-enabled cafés and coffee shops.

“More and more consumers are choosing to use contactless technology when making a purchase, a trend we expect to see continue as demand pushes retailers to make the technology more widely available in-store,” says Chisnall.

Chisnall notes whilst more Kiwis are embracing the technology, the research shows there is still a perceived risk with contactless payments for many, with 85% believing the main disadvantage was the potential for unauthorised purchases to be made if a card is lost or stolen, and half referring to perceived security risks at the payment terminal.

“Nevertheless Kiwis are increasingly confident with how contactless technology works, and enjoying the benefits of the faster and more convenient way to pay for purchases. Additionally since the introduction of chip-enabled cards and contactless technology, our data reveals we have not seen any increase in fraud, which remains at exceptionally low levels,” says Chisnall.

“We continue to remind our cardholders about the Zero Liability Protection available on all our consumer MasterCard cards, meaning they can shop without having to worry about unauthorised purchases,” says Chisnall.

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About the research
This monthly Perceptive Omnibus surveyed 1007 New Zealanders online in October 2015 using a nationwide sampling framework. The results are then weighted to Statistics New Zealand census gender, age and location data.

The survey and its accompanying reports do not represent MasterCard’s financial performance.

About MasterCard
MasterCard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MasterCardAP and @MasterCardNews, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.

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